Afternoon Poll: Travel for Labor Day or Stay in Reston?

Beltway Traffic/Credit: BethesdaNow.comAAA Mid-Atlantic says that 850,700 Washington-area residents will head out of town for Labor Day weekend.

Despite low gas prices ($2.69 to $2.73 per gallon in Reston, according to Gas Buddy.com), that’s just a 0.4 percent increase from last year. AAA says 743,200 residents expected to drive to their vacation destinations, 62,500 expected to fly and the rest expected to take trains and other modes of transportation.

AAA says there would have been more people traveling this year, had Labor Day not fallen on Sept. 7, the latest possible day it can occur. Historically, that curtails holiday travel.

“While increasing travel volume is great news for the industry and economy, our survey shows a decidedly ‘un-laboring’ take on the Labor Day holiday,” AAA’s John Townsend II said in a press release.

“Many would rather spend the holiday at cookouts, relaxing or simply at home to avoid heavy holiday traffic congestion or additional spending, especially if they have already taken a vacation this summer.”

Plus, school starts the next day in Fairfax County.

Are you planning on hitting the road one more summer trip? Or are you staying right here and getting ready for fall?

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